Sprint sued AT&T late on Thursday, saying it had been misleading consumers into believing that they were using fifth generation or 5G wireless network, a technology that has not been widely deployed.
Though consumers are still on 4G community, AT&T is calling it 5G Evolution, Sprint said in the suit.
5G can offer data speeds around 50 or 100 times quicker than 4G networks.
Smartphones running on both the Android and Apple’s iOS platforms are sporting”5G E” for AT&T clients, though those phones are not equipped to support 5G.
Sprint said that a survey showed 54% of AT&T’s consumers believed their”5G E” system is the same as or greater than a 5G network and 43 percent said if they purchase an AT&T phone today, it will be capable of conducting on 5G.
“We will fight this litigation while continuing to deploy 5G Evolution in addition to standards-based mobile 5G. Clients want and deserve to know when they are getting better rates,” AT&T stated in reaction to the lawsuit.
5G Evolution and the 5GE indicator let customers know when their apparatus is in a region where speeds up to twice as fast as standard LTE can be found, AT&T explained.
AT&T’s Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said in an interview with CNBC that the organization’s customers are seeing a rise in speed and performance to the”5G E” system and this is a measure needed for to”ultimate 5G”.
Last month, Sprint said it plans to launch 5G smartphones with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in the United States during the summer, while rival Verizon Communications Inc at December also disclosed similar programs for the first half of 2019.